HPG agents seize 11 stolen vehicles

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ELEVEN suspected stolen motor vehicles were impounded by agents of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group this week, the first anti-carnapping apprehensions made this year, PNP-HPG director Chief Superintendent Leonardo A. Espina said yesterday.

The seizure of the vehicles came as the PNP-HPG further stepped-up its campaign to recover motor vehicles being stolen in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon and being shipped to Visayas and Mindanao where they are being sold through spurious Land Transportation Office documents.

Last Monday, a car found included in the HPG list of wanted stolen motor vehicles and a multicab with tampered engine numbers were seized by the HPG Motor Vehicle Clearance Division headed by Supt. Francis Gil Tria, said Espina.

He said the 2002 model Honda City with plate no. XFV-918 was impounded when its possessor tried to secure a clearance at the HPG satellite office in Las Pinas. A record check showed that the sedan owned by Smart Communications Inc. was stolen while parked unattended on July 18, 2010. The new registered owner of the car identified as Orlando Tataro has been placed under investigation, he said.

On Tuesday, the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 3 under Senior Supt. Sheldon Jacaban impounded two motor vehicles in separate anti-carnapping operations in Pampanga and Bulacan.

The first, a Suzuki multi-cab with plate no. NIT-147 was impounded after a macro-etching examination showed that it had two different chassis numbers. The vehicle’s driver identified as Erwin Dizon of Sta. Ana, Pampanga is now undergoing investigation.

On Wednesday, the RHPU3 also impounded a silver Toyota Innova (ZLW-659) after it was voluntarily surrendered by one Reynaldo Sebastian of Pandi, Bulacan. Jacaban said the Innova was stolen while parked unattended on July 12 last year. Sebastian claimed that the vehicle was left by an unidentified man near their place. He said that he voluntarily surrendered the wagon to the RHPU3 after learning that it was a stolen vehicle.

Also last Wednesday, the MVCD seized a Suzuki multi-cab (JDC-490)  after a macro-etching examination showed that its engine numbers were tampered. The owner of the vehicle identified as Martin Estonina is now undergoing investigation.

In Maluso, Basilan, a stolen 2009 Honda XR motorcycle was intercepted by members of the RHPU9 from one Muktar Abun. RHPU9 chief, Senior Supt. Romeo Uy said Abun was accosted while driving the motorcycle without a license plate. A check showed that the motorcycle is owned by Dayne Natividad who filed a complaint before the local HPG.

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